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Parking in Dallas' Uptown more of a challenge [thanks to Resident Parking Only]


Posted on January 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

DALLAS - Troy Parker thought he hit the jackpot when he found a parking spot on Allen Street in Dallas' Uptown neighborhood, but he soon noticed the new signs posted on the popular strip.

"5 p.m. to 2 a.m. - We are right in that window, aren't we?" Parker said. "I will be looking for [the signs.]"

One said of the 2300 block of Allen made the switch last December after homeowners on the street took their concerns to the city. The section is now zoned residential parking - permit required, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m, every day of the week.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Here's what happens when you ignore Resident Parking Only signs

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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City sued over Council's refusal to give Lower Greenville bowling alley a late-night permit

One month ago, after a lengthy discussion, the Dallas City Council voted not to give a late-night specific use permit to a bowling alley being proposed for the old Lucky's Roadhouse space, next to Good Records on Greenville Avenue. Pauline Medrano -- who, with Angela Hunt, co-wrote the Planned Development District ordinance that makes SUPs necessary for anyone wishing to stay open till 2 a.m. -- said she was casting a nay because "Lowest Greenville deserves a more balanced neighborhood -- more shopping, more community retail." The rest of the council followed suit, echoing the City Plan Commission's recommendation to deny the permit.

But Susan Reese, who owns the property, refuses to let the council have the final word on the subject: On Tuesday she sued the city in Dallas County District Court, claiming in court documents that follow that the ordinance is "unlawful" -- a downright "conspiracy against bars in Lower Greenville," per the writings of Jackson Walker attorney Michael Knapek.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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Reporters Committee urges Texas court to uphold protection for reporting third-party allegations

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a friend of the court brief urging the Texas Supreme Court to uphold a state law that protects journalists who accurately report on allegations made by third parties, even if those accusations ultimately are found to be false. The Texas Association of Broadcasters joined the brief.

In Neely v. Wilson, the court is considering a defamation suit filed by a Texas neurosurgeon against a television station which reported on negative comments about the doctor made by former patients and the Texas Board of Medical Examiners. The doctor claims that laws protecting such reporting run counter to established legal doctrine in every other U.S. jurisdiction. The Reporters Committee, however, disagree with that position.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Dallas City Hall
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Zephyr's burns down - again

It was only July when Zephyr's partially went up in flames due to electrical wiring issues. It closed, people sued each other, and things seemed to be just normal.

But BD's restful sleep on Thanksgiving morning (counting turkey legs dancing in his dreams) was interrupted by fire engines racing back to Zephyr's at 5am. Not wanting to interrupt his sleep, BD went out at 10am to survey the damage and shoot some photos.

And no matter where he looked, there was no sign of a turkey fryer. Photos after the jump.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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